England snatched a last-minute victory over the Springboks before France demolished the All Blacks to confirm a shift in power, according to headlines from around the United Kingdom.
The Times‘ Owen Slot writes that this Autumn Nations series marks a “power shift” from the southern to the northern hemisphere. Australia lost all three their matches, New Zealand lost twice and South Africa went down to England.
Alex Lowe writes that England have entered a brave new dawn after their victory over South Africa. According to the British press, this would be England’s fourth new dawn under Jones.
Former Lions coach Sir Ian McGeechan opines that England’s youngsters (Raffi Quirke, Freddie Steward et al) are the ‘real deal’ and the November series has proven that they are ready to forge successful international careers.
Robert Kitson of the Guardian goes a step further and suggests that England are already a powerhouse after their one-point victory over South Africa. Despite a season of unprecedented disruption, the southern hemisphere’s so-called capitulation in the autumn friendlies has convinced some that the balance of power has shifted.
The Daily Mail
The Daily Mail focused on the actions of Springbok physio Renee Naylor, labelling her “as bad as Rassie Erasmus”. The Springbok director of rugby was handed a hefty sanction by World Rugby and, despite not even appearing at Twickenham this past Saturday, is still subject to the ire of journalists who seemingly have not yet exhausted that narrative.